Starring: Vigilante Vengeance
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 105 minutes
Distributor: Anchor Bay Films/Starz
Director: Roger Donaldson
Executive Producer: Ulie Goldstein, Christopher
Petzel, Douglas E. Hansen
Producer: James D. Stern, Ram Bergman,
Writer: Robert Tannen
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Cage plays Will Gerard, a New Orleans high school English teacher who teaches pacifism to his students until his wife, Laura (January Jones), is raped. As she recovers in a hospital, and he is left reeling with mixed emotions, a vigilante (Guy Pearce) appears and offers to kill the rapist for him. The catch? Will must agree to kill another sex offender and remove him from society. Will agrees at first, but then finds himself constantly harassed with notes and phone calls giving him threats and instructions to carry out his end of the deal. Will finally sets out to push an alleged pedophile off a highway overpass to certain death in traffic. At the last minute, Will changes his mind and decides to warn the man that other people are out to kill him. The intended victim fights him instead. He then accidentally falls off the overpass to his death anyway.
Will is brought in for questioning by police. A superior officer uses a vigilante code phrase on him and lets him go. Will learns that the alleged pedophile was actually a newspaper reporter seeking to bring down the vigilantes. Now, he has to find out how to make them leave him and his wife alone while shutting the group down himself. [SPOILER ALERT] However, the ending has the same police officer make the whole case and Will’s fights against the vigilantes disappear from police records. Thus, even if Will doesn’t like vigilantism, it’s the way of the world in the movie’s vision of things.
SEEKING JUSTICE is by-the-numbers, lazy filmmaking, from its workmanlike obvious title on down through the downbeat performance by Nicolas Cage, who looks like he’s sleepwalking through the movie. As the wife, January Jones is also ludicrously dispassionate. Both characters use ridiculously faulty logic and reasoning in numerous situations that cause them to endanger themselves foolishly and repeatedly.
The movie is shot digitally, causing it to have an antiseptic tone when its New Orleans setting and underground-justice nature call for grittiness. Roger Donaldson’s direction is typically uninspired. Besides its lazy, illogical plot, SEEKING JUSTICE contains plenty of strong foul language and strong violence. Extreme caution is advised.
SEEKING JUSTICE is by-the-numbers filmmaking. It has an illogical plot. Nicolas Cage looks like he’s sleepwalking through the movie. As the wife, January Jones is also ludicrously dispassionate. Both characters use ridiculously faulty logic and reasoning in numerous situations. They endanger themselves foolishly and repeatedly. SEEKING JUSTICE lacks the grittiness required for such a crime story. The direction by Roger Donaldson is uninspired. SEEKING JUSTICE also contains plenty of strong foul language, intense violence, and a brief sex scene. Its worldview seems muddled. Extreme caution is advised.